Roundtrip Edits Between Acrobat 3D and the 3D Toolkit

I have been getting a lot of questions lately about how best to use Acrobat 3D with the 3D Toolkit. There is a simple way to go about this…

If you start by creating your 3D PDF with Acrobat 3D, you can push a 3D model from the PDF document over to the 3D toolkit for round-trip editting. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Open Acrobat 3D and create a new PDF file from a 3D model
  2. Select either U3D v1 or U3D v3 as the geometry storage format in the Conversion Settings Dialogue
  3. Activate the 3D Annotation containing the 3D model
  4. Launch the 3D Annotation’s context sensitive menu
  5. Select ‘Edit in 3D toolkit’
  6. Use 3D Toolkit features to edit the model as desired
  7. Choose ‘Save’ under the "File" menu. This will push the U3D file with the changes back to the original PDF file.
  8. Go back to Acrobat 3D and activate the 3D Annotation
  9. You should now see the changes you made in the toolkit

You can keep both of the applications up and make multiple ‘Edit > Save" sequences in the 3D Toolkit as you like.

Here is a Flash Video that shows how to do this.
(~4 minutes, opens in new window, optimized for 800×720 pixels)